Post Image: Herb Garden Update - June 10, 2017
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Herb Garden Update - June 10, 2017

There were lots of photos taken of the plants in Woldumar's herb garden last Thursday (6/8/17). Visitors were especially drawn to the beautiful purple and yellow blossoms of the spiderwort. I did a little research to discover why the plant is called spiderwort. When the stem is cut, a viscous secretion is released which, after it dries, is threadlike and silky like a spiders web. Not a pretty name for such a pretty plant. The Latin name for this ...Read More  

Post Image: Herb Garden Update – May 31, 2017
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Herb Garden Update – May 31, 2017

Blooming today: comfrey, sage, foxglove, chives, columbine, woad, and spiderwort. Woad (Isatis tinctoria) is one of the dye plants in the garden. Not a very attractive plant, but the blue it gives as a dye has been prized over the ages. Think of the movie Brave Heart and blue-painted faces. Commercial cultivation stopped with the end of World War II, but home dyers still use the herb.
Planted new today: rue and ladys mantle, as well as some ma...Read More  

Post Image: News From The Herb Garden May 15, 2017
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News From The Herb Garden May 15, 2017

Angelica (Angelica archangelica) is one several new herbs in the Moon Log Cabin Herb Garden this year. It will be hard to overlook or look over when it is mature since it can reach 5-8ft. It was making good progress towards that goal when I was weeding the garden on Mothers Day. The flowers appear late in June, but not until the second or third year and are said to have a honeylike fragrance. Well have to wait another year or two to smell if this...Read More